Chemical Analysis

Chemical Analysis

The Chemical Analysis laboratory specialises in oxide analysis for slags, fluxes, ashes, ores, sinter and glasses. Metal samples can be analysed by Optical Emission Spectroscopy.

Key equipment:

X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (ARL PERFORM’X Sequential WDXRF)

Katanax K1 Prime Fusion Machine

Spec: XRF

  • Max Voltage: 60 kV
  • Max Current: 100 mA
  • Max Power: 2.5 kW
  • Detectors: Scintillation and Proportional
  • Crystals: AX06, PET, LiF200


  • Preparation of glass beads at up to 1150 °C, with customisable fusion programmes for oxides and ferroalloys
  • XRF offers quantitative chemical analysis of elements Sodium to Uranium for fused beads or steel samples

X-Ray Diffraction (Panalytical Empyrean XRD)

Spec: XRD

  • Max Voltage: 60 kV
  • Max Current: 55 mA
  • Max Power: 2.2 kW
  • Flat stage, Spinner stage with sample autochanger
  • Anton Paar hot stage with optional vacuum pump attachment


  • Single sample hot stage capable of 1600°C, vacuum and inert gas capable
  • Up to 15 samples can be mounted on spinner stage autochanger
  • HighscorePlus software with ICSD v3.5 and ICDD PDF-2 databases containing nearly 300,000 entries

Optical Emission Spectrometer (SPECTROMAXx Spark-OES)


  • 16 CCDs cover effective range of 140-670 nm
  • 3000-4000 sparks per analysis


  • Rapid analysis of low alloy and stainless steels, as well as Nickel and Cobalt alloys 
  • Accurate detection of ppm concentrations of all alloying and trace elements; from Boron to Lead
  • Spark-OES is the accepted industry standard for rapid, accurate chemical analysis of steels
  • Supports in-house Steel Plant melting, refining and casting processes for bespoke steel chemistries